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It’s that time of year again, folks! We’re looking for bloggers to join the 2022 Spring/Summer You Matter Blogger Council. The deadline to apply has been extended! The new deadline is Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.

You Matter has always been a space for youth, by youth, to share stories and make your voices heard. If you’re between 13-25 and are passionate about suicide prevention and mental health, we want you to apply.

To apply, please answer the following questions in a word document and e-mail it to c[email protected]. Make the subject line “You Matter Blogger Application.” You’ll also need to include a sample post of 300-500 words that shows off your voice and writing style.

  1. What is your name?
  2. What state are you from? If you’re currently living in another state for school, tell us that too. (As much as we love our international readers, since the Lifeline is funded by the U.S. government, we need our bloggers to live in the U.S.)
  3. How old are you? 
  4. If you’re under 18, what’s your parent or guardians’ contact info?
  5. What’s your e-mail address and phone number?
  6. Why would you be a great You Matter blogger? Share with us your story.
  7. What topic(s) would you most like to write about on the blog?
  8. How did you hear about You Matter?
  9. Please submit a sample post of 300-500 words that shows off your voice and writing style.


  • Thomas Tarver

    No more empty chairs!!!

    Want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and I know that they were answered.

    If you knew Tommy then you knew that he was a pretty good and respectful guy, he would try to do anything to make you laugh always trying to be funny in some way.

    When Tommy was with me he loved going to church, he loved his church family and most of all he loved God. He would never complain or say that he didn’t want to go.

    If you would go to his Facebook page you would see that it’s full of Bible verses and things that he would say about God.

    When Tommy was not with me, he was not able to go to church as much leaving him to face the young adult battles of life without the spiritual support of the church.

    Well April 1st 2021 Tommy Gunn let the devil lie to him, Tommy took his own life!!

    Did he tell him that his life wasn’t going anywhere or he wasn’t good enough, and no one loved him. I don’t know what he told him, but they were lies!!

    This was my son Tommy Gunn’s chair for graduation, instead there’s flowers that takes his spot. This day should have been the day his life begins, not the end!!

    Please please please know that you are loved, if you are in a dark place in your life please please reach out to someone cause I’m telling YOU are loved!! YOU MATTER!!! to someone YOU MATTER!! Don’t be afraid to ask for help you life is worth it, you are worth it.

    More teenagers and young
    adults die from suicide
    than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.

    Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,703 attempts by young people grades 9-12.
    Every day, approximately 130 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

    This is enough!

    it’s time to start fighting for our young people they are needing us more than ever, the world is calling it a mental health problem, but you and I know better!! This is nothing but the devil attacking our children and we know how to fight this battle.

    Ephesians 6 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    Well It’s time that we put on our armour and stand and take back our young people the devil has lied to them long enough!!

    My son name is Tommy Gunn Tarver and I love him very much and I’m going to miss him dearly.

    And if the devil thought taking him from me was going to make me quit, well I’m sorry to tell him but he just brought on a fight that he won’t win!

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    • Vibrant Communications

      Thomas Tarver- We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and our crisis counselors should be able to direct you to local support services in your area. Our website also offers supportive information as well as links to additional organizations which may be useful during this time,

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